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The Grateful Dead Live at Long Beach Arena on 1981-08-28

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The Grateful Dead Live at Long Beach Arena on 1981-08-28

Set 1

Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Althea-> Little Red Rooster, Brown Eyed Women, Let It Grow-> China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider

Set 2

Shakedown Street, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> The Wheel-> Good Time Blues-> Drums-> Spanish Jam-> Truckin'-> Wharf Rat-> Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Long Beach Arena
Location Long Beach, CA

Source SBD -> Cassette Master -> ? -> CD
Lineage CD -> Adobe Audition v3.0 -> Samplitude Professional 11.2 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- Set 2 is seamless
-- Numerous flaws removed from recording
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction


Reviewer: kbmill - - August 24, 2015
Subject: bread crumb
One of only two first set ending Let It Grow > China Cat > Know You Rider

The other was also in 1981.

It caught my eye because Let It Grow was almost always a set ender after the rest of the suite was dropped, and in the 80's, so, quite frequently, was China Cat > Know You Rider.

You have the sense Jerry just wasn't ready to go backstage quite yet.

Plus, a pre-drums Wheel. If deadlists gave us the ability, I bet we'd find that was an ultra-rare occurence in the '80's.

Plus, plus, the first Never Trust a Woman.
Reviewer: deadheadnedwhite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2014
Subject: wow ... some people ...
this show ROCKED !!! the eneregy was just CRACKLING off those concrete walls.

Brent's blues actually is a favorite version for me of a not-favorite song: Jerry sweetens it right up!

and LOTS of extended jamming.

gotta give it a 4.5

Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 14, 2014
Subject: -
Not the best recording, being tinny and somewhat insubstantial. Haven't listened to the second set yet.

Now I have. An average show at best, like most of August '81. Not a patch on Compton or the Aladdin.
Reviewer: utapah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 5, 2013
Subject: Love this one
This was one of my 1st bootlegs as a kid and we played it to death I LOVE just about everything that happened here. I think its the BEST Drumz and Space that ever was.
Reviewer: stratocaster - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 16, 2013
Subject: One of 81s best...
One of the best shows of 1981. Shakedown Street and e Wheel are all timers. Very strong first set, highlighted by Let It Grow>China>Rider sequence. Second set opens with the . jammed out Shakedown. Wheel is outstanding, perhaps the best version of the 80s. The Brent Mydland "blues" tune is a buzzkill. Extended Spanish jam out of drums. End of show tunes are well played. May not be a 5.0 show, but it is closer to 5 than to 4. Outstanding quality soundboard for 1981.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2011
Subject: Shakedown Never Trust
Really fabulous Jerry squawking on the ol' vibrola.
His guitar work jus penetrates ya...

Amazing heart wrenching Spanish Jam that will place you into a catatonic flip.

20 or so stars out of 5.

Thanks CM.
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2011
Subject: Top show of 1981
Thanks for this long needed upgrade.

This show is quite a standout in a year of quite hit or sometimes miss shows. Definitely the strongest show of the summer tour by far.

Standout performances of The Wheel (second set with an extended jam), in fact, probably the best Wheel of the 1980s.

First performance of Never Trust a Woman (Good Times Blues) with an extended Jerry, Brent & Rhythm Devils Jam afterward.

Found the old patched soundboard years ago on the archive and it has been a favorite listen through ever since.

Thanks CM
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